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"Tragic story": TV presenter Slava Solomka found his sister during the war while searching for his father, whom he had never seen before

Slava Solomka with his mother

Slava Solomka, a TV presenter for the Kyiv TV channel, has never seen his father, and his mother raised him alone. A few years ago, the TV journalist turned to his colleagues for help in the Taiemnytsi DNA (DNA Mysteries) program with a request to find his relatives.

In an interview with OBOZ.UA, Viacheslav shared how this story ended and which of his paternal relatives he managed to meet during the war.

Slava Solomka says that he found all the information about his father on his own, and only then did he turn to journalists, "Yes, I found out that my father was a doctor and died in 2013. And then, having his data, I turned to STB journalists, they have a program called DNA Mysteries. They offered to find my relatives: my sister and brother on my father's side. They gave me all the data, and I contacted my sister. But my brother, as it turned out, had died by then. There was a tragic story there... he committed suicide."

"I met my sister about a year ago and talked to her," Solomka continues, "She showed me photos of my father in his youth. We look very much alike, just the same face. I also look a lot like my brother. But you know what I realized after that meeting? These are strangers to me, and I am a stranger to them. Relatives are not only about blood, relatives. It's about spiritual closeness. My sister is about 60 years old, she has her own family, her own friends, her own life. I was interested to meet her, to learn more about my father, about myself, who I am, where I come from. Some of my relatives are wonderful, talented, wealthy people. I am pleased that I have them. But they did not leave any emotional mark on me."

''Tragic story'': TV presenter Slava Solomka found his sister during the war while searching for his father, whom he had never seen before

Slava Solomka did not tell his mother about this meeting.

"My mother is my great support," the TV presenter says about her. "She gave birth to me, her only son, at the age of 40. In her youth, she wanted to be an actress but became a historian and translator. For many years she worked as a guide at the Kyiv Cave Monastery. She is now 75 years old. I had a wonderful childhood, a happy one, thanks to her. But we came from a poor family. We often had no money. And since then I have had a fear of poverty. And from a psychological point of view, this is equal to the fear of money. That is, if you are afraid of poverty, you will never get rich. I even turned to a psychologist."

"Money should come into your life easily. It's energy that needs to circulate," Solomka adds. "And if you're afraid to spend money, it won't come in. Why? You don't use it. I was a miser at one time. I got the Soviet habit of saving for a rainy day from my mother. She told me all my life, "it's expensive", "we can't afford it", "you need to be more modest." I worked through this with a psychologist. Now I am not so cautious about spending my money. Yes, of course, I save, just like everyone else. But I am no longer afraid that tomorrow I will certainly be left without anything."

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